House Bill No. 5279
               House Bill No. 5279

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-45


AN  ACT  CONCERNING  THE  PROSECUTION  OF  CERTAIN
CREDIT CARD AND  AUTOMATED  TELLER  MACHINE  FRAUD
OFFENSES.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  54-1d  of  the  general  statutes  is
repealed and the following is substituted in  lieu
thereof:
    (a)   [Defendants]   EXCEPT   AS  PROVIDED  IN
SUBSECTION (b)  OF  THIS  SECTION,  DEFENDANTS  in
criminal  actions  shall  be brought either to the
court  in  the   geographical   area   established
pursuant  to  section 51-348, AS AMENDED, in which
the crime was alleged to have been committed,  or,
if  the arrest was by warrant, to the court in the
geographical area in which the  arrest  was  made,
for  arraignment.  If the defendant was brought to
the court in the geographical area  in  which  the
arrest  was  made  for  arraignment  and  was  not
released from custody after such arraignment,  the
defendant  shall  be presented to the court in the
geographical area in which the crime  was  alleged
to  have  been committed not later than the second
court day following such arraignment.  A  criminal
cause  shall  not  fail  on the ground that it has
been submitted to a session of improper venue.
    (b)   ANY   DEFENDANT   WHO  IS  CHARGED  WITH
MULTIPLE OFFENSES UNDER ANY PROVISION  OF  SECTION
53a-127b   OR   SECTIONS   53a-128a  TO  53a-128i,
INCLUSIVE, WHERE SUCH  OFFENSES  WERE  ALLEGED  TO
HAVE  BEEN COMMITTED IN MORE THAN ONE GEOGRAPHICAL
AREA ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO  SECTION  51-348,  AS
AMENDED,  MAY BE PRESENTED TO THE COURT IN ANY ONE
OF  SUCH  GEOGRAPHICAL  AREAS.   THE   COURT   MAY
CONSOLIDATE   ALL  SUCH  OFFENSES  INTO  A  SINGLE
CRIMINAL ACTION AND SHALL HAVE  JURISDICTION  OVER
SUCH ACTION.

Approved May 19, 1998